Each month, we always seem to come to the same conclusion when it comes to our Editors’ Picks column: Friday release days open the floodgates and unleash a seemingly endless stream of quality new music. But while some of our Editors and Contributors sit down gleefully each week to dive into this newly stocked treasure trove, others find themselves drawing a blank at the end of the month due to the breakneck pace needed to keep up to date with what’s been released. Which brings us to this Heavy Blog PSA: a weekly roundup of new albums which pares down the week’s releases to only our highest recommendations. Here you’ll find full album/single streams, pre-order links and, most importantly, a collection of albums that could very well earn a spot on your year-end list. Enjoy!

Abnormality – Sociopathic Constructs (brutal death metal)

Age of the Wolf – Ouroboric Trances (sludge metal, doom metal)

Agent Blå – Morning Thoughts (dream pop, shoegaze)

Ludovic Alarie – We’re a Dream Nobody Wrote Down (art pop, indie pop)

Allagash – Cryptic Visions (heavy metal)

Basic Rhythm – On the Threshold (UK bass, experimental dance music)

BIG|BRAVE – A Gaze Among Them (drone metal, experimental rock)

Boogarins – Sombrou Dúvida (experimental rock, neo-psychedelia)

Borders – Purify (nu-deathcore, groove metal)

Bright Curse – Time of the Healer (psychedelic prog rock, stoner rock)

Calamity – Kairos (thrash metal)

Call of the Void – Buried in Light (crust punk, metallic hardcore)

Charly Bliss – Young Enough (alt-rock, power pop)

Coastlands – Milieu III (post-rock)

Jackie Cohen – Zagg (indie pop, jangle pop)

Dark Morph – Dark Morph (experimental electronic)

Darkfield – History is Violent (post-rock, post-metal)

Death & Vanilla – Are You a Dreamer? (dream pop, psychedelic pop)

Defeater – Defeater (melodic hardcore, post-hardcore)

Doomsquad – Let Yourself Be Seen (acid house, no wave)

Dreadnought – Emergence (progressive doom metal)

Employed to Serve – Eternal Forward Motion (mathcore, post-hardcore)

Extrema – Headbanging Forever (thrash metal)

The Get Up Kids – Problems (indie rock, power pop)

Greys – Age Hasn’t Spoiled You (noise rock, post-hardcore)

Hælos – Any Random Kindness (indietronica, trip-hop)

Handful of Hate – Adversus (black metal)

Tim Hecker – Anoyo (ambient, experimental electronic)

Holly Herndon – Proto (experimental electronic, glitch)

Idle Hands – Mana (heavy metal)

Inanimate Existence – Clockwork (progressive tech death)

Matt Kivel – Last Night in America (ambient pop, lo-fi pop)

Lowest Creature – Sacrilegious Pain (crossover thrash)

Curse Mackey – Instant Exorcism (darkwave, industrial)

Maps – Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss. (dream pop, synthpop)

Mental Cruelty – Inferis (deathcore)

Steve Moore – Beloved Exile (ambient, progressive electronic)

The Mystery Lights – Too Much Tension! (garage rock, psych rock)

Nyss – Dépayser (avant-grade death metal)

Per Wiberg – Get Your Boots On (progressive doom metal, alt-rock)

Polynation – Igneous (ambient house, IDM)

Port Noir – The New Routine (alt-rock, prog rock)

Possessed – Revelations of Oblivion (death metal)

Pottery – No. 1 (indie rock, garage rock)

She Keeps Bees – Kinship (indie rock, blues rock)

Tengger Cavalry – Northern Memory (Vol. 1) (folk metal)

Thermate – Redshift City (heavy psych, stoner rock)

Tōth – Practice Magic And Seek Professional Help When Necessary (indie folk, singer/songwriter)

Von Spar – Under Pressure (indie pop, synthpop)

War Curse – Eradication (thrash metal)

Warforged – I: Voice (progressive death metal)

We Never Learned To Live – The Sleepwalk Transmissions (post-hardcore, screamo)

Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties – Routine Maintenance (folk rock, indie folk)